Alternative Press' Scores

  • Music
For 2,742 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Beast Moans
Lowest review score: 0 Results May Vary
Score distribution:
2,742 music reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's less mopey than Bright Eyes, less pompous than Sufjan Stevens and better than almost everything else. [Feb 2009, p.103]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cutest couple this side of Jack and Meg do exactly that [get serious] on the shockingly accomplished Grand. [Feb 2009, p.100]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gutter Tactics is another collection on which fans of rap radicals Public Enemy and drone-metal heavies the Melvins can find common ground. [Mar 2009, p.116]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hold Time exists not simply as a vehicle for the rehash of rock 'n' roll blueprints, but as the highway on which to drive home his acute pop-rock songwriting. Mar 2009, p.107]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Auerbach moves flawlessly through all of his favorite frames of references. [Mar 2009, p.112]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their self-titiled debut, there isn't a dud in the bunch. [Mar 2009, p.101]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N.A.S.A.'s dope beats and wet-dream collaborations make Apollo an absolute must-have. [Jun 2009, p.111]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    P.O.S. has raised the bar again. [Mar 2009, p.114]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Repeat listens yield rich and profound rewards. [Mar 2009, p.104]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dance fans--past and present--will be pleased. [Mar 2009, p.116]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On Bromst, Deacon's confidence shines through as he effortlessly combines extremes. [Apr 2009, p.142]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an album of spontaneous originality and should be appreciated as such. [May 2009, p.114]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've given their songs a spine. Stark and deliberate, menageries of vocals ricochet irresistibly between reverb, piano and floor toms and stripped-down Americana. [Apr 2009, p.135]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'I Call Out Your name won't exactly smash the state, but it's a perfect little pop song. So are opening track, 'When I Died' and 'Now We Can See', where the band's return to gleefully subversive social commentary can't undermine their most infectious pop hook. [May 2009, p.110]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end result is an album that doesn't pull its punches, a direct message to the people with enough rhythm to get some movement out of stiff limbs while we dance away the recession blues. [May 2009, p.123]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dave Fridmann's grand production touches enhance BMSR's otherworldly aura, adding dazzling glaze to this fruity cake. [Jun 2009, p.108]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Again leaps forward as the best album of Taking Back Sunday's career to date.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battle For The Sun takes the best elements of thier sound and focuses it into a cohesive listening experience--there's no filler to be found. [Jul 2009, p.130]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is crushing, calculated and catchy, light years beyond the three-chord snarling if Dalle's past. [Jul 2009, p.130]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While The Loud Wars is overflowing with extremely impressive musicianship, creative time shifts, and interesting instrumentation, it also has an inviting pop sensibility. [Jun 2009, p.99]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their fourth full-length, the Used have delivered not only the definitive album of thier career, butarguably one of the best records you'll hear in 2009. [Sep 2009, p.109]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    brand new eyes astonishes from start to finish. [Oct 2009, p.111]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In no uncertain terms, Crash Love is an accomplishment that raises the bar for them as musicians and writers.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shit rules so hard. [Oct 2009, p.108]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When the dark, somber and damn loud refrains of 'Ego Death' kick in, it sounds like these guys could completely take over indie rock. [Nov 2009, p.106]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Embryonic is an album full of little revolutions--a trippier, noisier, more experimental journey than the Flaming Lips have taken in forever. [Dec 2009, p.116]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blue Record truly depicts a band at the peak of their powers. [Nov 2009, p.106]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sainthood was produced by Death Cab For Cutie's Chris Walla and Howard Reddekopp, allowing the album to take on aspects of both its predecessors while still feeling new, and per usual with this duo, impressively skillful. [Dec 2009, p.114]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may seem as if Geneva is all over the musical map, the opposite is acually true--the map's just been redrawn. [Nov 2009, p.114]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are more detours, from austere acoustic avenues to vocodered pop to '80s disco, to fill you with hope for the next decade's offerings. [Feb 2010, p.94]